Adductor Hallucis Muscle Origin, Insertion, Actoin, Innervation

Muscle Anatomy of the Adductor Hallucis

Origin: Oblique head: base of the second to fourth metatarsals and from the fibrous sheath of the tendon of the peroneus longus.
Transverse head: plantar metatarsal ligaments and deep transverse ligaments.
Insertion: Lateral side of the base of the proximal phalanx of the great toe and the lateral sesamoid.
Actions: Adduction of the great toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint, assists with flexion of the great toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint.
Innervation: Lateral plantar nerve (S2, S3).
Blood Supply: Lateral plantar artery from the posterior tibial artery.

Muscle Anatomy: Adductor Hallucis Actions

Primary Actions of the Adductor Hallucis

1. Adduction of the great toe at the metatarsophalangeal jont


  • None


  • Abductor hallucis

Secondary Actions of the Adductor Hallucis:

1. Assists with flexion of the great toe at the metatarsophalangeal joint


  • Flexor hallucis longus
  • Flexor hallucis brevis


  • Extensor hallucis longus
  • Extensor hallucis brevis

2. Supports the medial longitudinal arch of the foot


Information about cause and effect of Adductor Hallucis pain: Adductor Hallucis Muscle: Foot Pain

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Donna Martin

Massage Therapist Owner: Twelve years of experience working with clients with chronic pain, post injury pain, and post surgery pain. Muscle dysfunction is often overlooked but can hold the key to many pain conditions.

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